Lucky Numbers Pay Off For Manitou Springs Player

DENVER – Lucky numbers? Richard Leider has six of them. He played five of them and became the Colorado Lottery’s newest Cash 5 jackpot winner. He won $20,000 from the September 6, 2006, drawing.

Another winning jackpot ticket was sold in Denver and is still unclaimed.

“It’s a little bizarre, but I’ve had the same lucky numbers since the eighth grade,” said the Manitou Springs roofing superintendent. “When my wife told me my numbers had come up, I prayed to God that I had bought a ticket and didn’t miss the drawing.”

The winning numbers from the September 6 drawing were 3, 5, 7, 8 and 10. Leider has played these numbers weekly since the game began 10 years ago. Leider plans to pay bills and plan a vacation with his surprise windfall.

Loaf ‘N Jug, 137 Manitou Avenue in Manitou Springs, sold the winning ticket. This month, Cash 5 celebrates its 10th birthday with more than $80 million in total prizes awarded and an estimated $40 million in proceeds to recreation, wildlife and conservation programs.

In El Paso County, more than $106 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Pikes Peak Greenway and Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games - Scratch, Lotto, Powerball and Cash 5 - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. In fiscal year 2006, more than $125.5 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.7 billion has been returned to the state.

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September 20, 2006
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